THDA announces winners of 2016 Tennessee’s Best awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (RealEstateRama) — The Tennessee Housing Development Agency has announced the winners of the 2016 Tennessee’s Best awards during the Governor’s Housing Conference held this month in Nashville.

Awards were given out in six categories: Remarkable Achievement – Urban, Remarkable Achievement – Rural, Innovation – Program, Innovation – Finance, Excellence in Partnership and Housing Plus.

THDA Executive Director Ralph M. Perrey congratulated the winners for making a positive impact on the state of affordable housing in Tennessee.

“We are pleased to recognize these organizations with the Tennessee’s Best award,” Perrey said. “We hope doing so highlights some of the great work that is being done to provide Tennesseans with safe, decent, affordable housing statewide.”

The Tennessee’s Best awards honor outstanding individuals and organizations whose contributions on behalf of affordable housing, whether producing, designing, developing, financing or promoting housing policy, inspires others to serve Tennesseans’ housing needs.

The Franklin Housing Authority took home the Remarkable Achievement – Urban award for its 65-acre Reddick Street developments in downtown Franklin.

The Crossville Housing Authority was selected as the winner of the Remarkable Achievement – Rural category for its Harper Apartments development, which houses teenagers transitioning out of the foster care system.

The Remarkable Achievement award recognizes excellence in the development or management of owner or rental housing that reflects the highest standards in quality and sustainability.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis won a Tennessee’s Best award in the Innovation – Program category for its Aging in Place program, which has assisted over 350 elderly residents of Shelby County.

Greystone Affordable Housing Initiatives and the Hallmark Companies, Inc. were co-winners in the Innovation – Finance category for their roles in a complex bond transaction that led to the renovation of nearly 800 affordable housing units statewide.

The Best in Innovation award is given for both rural and urban efforts and recognizes programs that feature originality in an effort to address the affordable housing needs of a community.

Tennessee Homeless Solutions was recognized in the Excellence in Partnership category for working with others to provide multiple services in a 23-county area of West Tennessee.

The Excellence in Partnership award recognizes the achievement of organizations working together to develop programs or services that promote or expand access to affordable housing.

The Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services (CADAS) was the winner of the Housing Plus award for its efforts to build a 24-unit sober living apartment community in Chattanooga’s Northshore neighborhood.

The Housing Plus award looks for organizations that take a creative approach in their efforts to meet housing needs for special populations.

The winners were announced at the 2016 Governor’s Housing Conference. The Conference was held Oct. 12-13 at the Music City Center in Nashville with the goal of encouraging best practices.

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